I expected a couple of things - I didn't really think he'd leave me to go visit ring crew or the judge. I didn't think he'd leave the ring, I hoped to get a few contacts and reward those contacts, play a bit and really see what I had from him.
The great news is that I got exactly what I asked for - a mini-startline, stopped contacts, focus, attention, careful (thinking) feet over the bars. In all I got some really really really good stuff. One baby brain moment when I pushed a line coming out of a tunnel (which is GOOD! I know he hasn't got that ingrained see the line skill).
We've got a lot more to work on, but I know we're on the right track!